DJI Mini 3 Pro Mastershots Tutorial

Mastershots in the DJI Mini 3 Pro consists of a series of automated moves used to quickly produce several interesting clips, particularly useful when scouting a new location. They can also generate an automated short movie with music that can be customized in many ways

DJI Mini 3 Pro is the first lightweight drone of DJI line to feature Mastershots

This functionality is part of a series of intelligent flight modes added to the Mini 3 Pro together with Focus Track, Hyperlapse, and Quick Shots

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DJI Mini 3 Pro: the icon to access Mastershots in the Photo menu
Mini 3 Pro: the icon to access Mastershots in the Photo menu

The Master shot item in the Video Photo menu can only be accessed when the drone is flying

We can expose in Auto or Manual mode. We can also select the Resolution up to 4K at 30fps, but we can only shoot in Normal mode, as DCinelike at the moment is not available for Mastershots

DJI Mini 3 Pro Masteshots: resolution and color mode
DJI Mini 3 Pro Masteshots: resolution and color mode

A target has to be selected by drawing a box around it. If a person is in the frame, it will be automatically recognized as a target that we can select by simply tapping on the plus sign above

In the lower middle part of the screen, there is a box showing the estimated flight time, which varies according to the situation, generally between 2 and 3 minutes

DJI Mini 3 Pro Mastershots: selection of width, length and height

If we open the box, we access 3 parameters: Width, Length, and Height, we can set each of them to Small, Medium, or Large

The moves performed by the aircraft during Master Shots are automated

Some involve orbiting movements; in this case, some attention is needed, as the Mini 3 Pro is not supplied with lateral obstacle sensors

For more details please check my article about the obstacle avoidance system of the Mini 3 Pro

In this article, I describe the most common mistakes to avoid with the Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro

Sequence of Moves

According to the subject and the distance the software will choose a different sequence of moves, named Portrait, Proximity, or Landscape

If the target is a person, the mode applied will be Portrait, for any other target the software will choose Proximity for closer targets and Landscape for targets further away

Moves in Portrait Mode

  • Zoom-in zoom-out for a sort of vertigo effect
  • Circle from medium-range
  • Circle from a shorter distance
  • Dronie
  • Circle from far away
  • Pitch up with the camera pointing down flying toward the target
  • Rocket
  • Circle with the camera pointing down
  • Descent with the camera facing forward
  • Descend with the camera pointing down

Moves in Proximity Mode

  • Dronie
  • Circle from far away
  • Pitch up and fly forward while tilting up the gimbal
  • Circle from a closer range zooming in
  • Circle from medium-range
  • Rocket
  • Camera down flying forward toward the target
  • Screwdriver, circling in a top-down view
  • Descends with the camera pointing forward, a descent with camera top down. At the end of the Master Shot, the aircraft returns to the original location

Moves in Landscape Mode

  • Dronie
  • Circle from far away
  • Pitch-up fly forward
  • Roll while flying forward
  • Closer circle zooming in
  • Zoom out
  • Circle from a medium distance
  • Rocket
  • Circle with camera forward
  • Descent with camera forward

In this mode the drone never gets very close to the target, it is aimed to give an overview of the surroundings

Choosing the Scene

For safety reasons it is better to choose an area without major obstacles or slopes, as the aircraft will perform a lot of different moves at different heights

There are no real lateral moves, the most dangerous, as the Mini 3 doesn’t have lateral sensors

A lot of circling is involved, the sensors should be able to detect obstacles, but it is borderline, so some caution is needed

In case of danger, it is possible to exit Mastershot mode by tapping on the red shutter icon with an X above, or by tapping on the RTH button, or moving the control stick of the remote controller

DJI Mini 3 Pro: click on the red icon to exit Mastershots
DJI Mini 3 Pro: click on the red icon to exit Mastershots

How to Expose

Some planning is needed to get the correct exposure as the drone moves in all directions and the camera shifts several times from top down to straight ahead and this involves huge changes of luminosity in most light conditions

Auto Exposure

One possibility is to use Auto exposure; in this case, the software will modify the exposure parameters while the luminosity varies

There are two issues with Auto Exposure:

  • The software tends to overexpose
  • When the luminosity varies we notice a progressive shift of luminosity in the footage

It is fine for beginners to start with auto exposure, but I recommend getting used as soon as possible to manual exposure

Manual Exposure

Even when using manual exposure there will be issues due to the extreme difference in luminosity: clips with the camera facing forward will often be overexposed, while the ones with the camera looking down will be exposed correcly

To reduce the overexposure of the brightest parts it is better to choose the value Small for the parameters Width and Length, this way the sky will appear less frequently in the frame

For best results, it is better to shoot Master shots at sunrise or sunset, with the sun covered by clouds, or with the sun behind the aircraft, in order to reduce the dynamic range

More info about Exposure settings with the Mini 3 Pro in this article

Auto-Generated Short Movies

On DJI Fly app it is possible to generate short movies with music, with a choice of several different templates

Once we have downloaded the files to the album of DJI Fly app, the Mastershot files appear with a star on the left of the icon

Mini 3 Pro: auto-generated MasterShot files
Mini 3 Pro: auto-generated MasterShot files

We can visualize the full-length clip, which is between 2 and 3 minutes long, or choose one of the many templates supplied, containing music

Each template will select a portion of the full clip of variable length, sometimes adding titles. When we find one that we like, we can save it for uploading to social media, or store it on a computer

DJI Mini 3 Pro: templates for Mastershots
DJI Mini 3 Pro: templates for Mastershots

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I am Vittorio Caramazza, aka Vicvideopic, the founder of this website and author of all the posts. I am a videographer and photographer contributing to several stock agencies. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. I have 10 years of experience with dron videography and photography. I was struck by drone syndrome in 2013. I have owned and tested in depth the following drones: Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, Air 2s, Autel Evo Nano Plus, Mavic 3, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 3. My home has turned into a breeding ground for drones. I am the owner of two YouTube channels specializing in Videography and Photography, with a focus on drones My main channel is VicVideopic (in English): My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: I am currently based in Sicily (Southern Italy), but I tend to move quite often. After all, this is one of the main benefits of being a digital nomad…

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